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Cinco de Mayo means Cabo Chips! My new favorite chips are a Must-Buy!

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It’s almost Cinco de Mayo! I can not believe that today is the first day of May! With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, it is time to start thinking of the yummy (but healthy!) things to serve family and friends! It’s not always easy to find delicious and healthier options. But, I recently had the opportunity to try samples of the Cabo Chips and I love them! Actually, they were a hit with my whole family and didn’t last very long in our house! My favorite were the Mango Chili Lime but my son loved the Original ones! They are..well..yummy!!

Born on the beautiful beaches of Baja, Mexico, Cabo Chips are 100% whole grain classic cantina style tortilla chips and are inspired by the boldly vibrant atmosphere of Cabo San Lucas. A delicious fusion of the old and the new, these all natural chips are cooked the traditional way – cut from fresh tortillas that are batch cooked for a true cantina crunch! Cabo Chips use only real ingredients, no “flavorings,” for authenticity you can taste.

I love that these chips are Non-GMO verified, organic, 100% whole grain, vegan, gluten-free, and kosher. In fact, their original flavor has only five ingredients (and you can easily pronounce them all!) Now, how cool is that?!

This month, the family-run company also introduced two new flavors: Mango Chili Lime and Churro (yes you heard me right!) to add to its selection of Original and Blue Corn chips, just in time for Cinco de Mayo! Like, I said, those Mango Chili Lime are too delicious for words! I also like that the Churro flavor is sweet but not too sweet.

In June 2015, they will launch their Ancient Grain flavor.

  • Cabo Chips Ancient Grain process is unique cut from real corn tortillas, not extruded, for the only true cantina style ancient grain tortilla chip
  • Loaded with Teff, Chia, and Amaranth for over 100mgs of Omega 3’s per serving and a nutty flavor
  • Teff is the most nutritionally impressive ancient grain and it is very absorbable
  • No “natural flavorings”, no yeast, and no maltodextrine
  • Cooked in antioxidant rich rice bran oil, high in Gamma
  • Oryzanol and the best balance of saturated fat for oils
  • Non-GMO Project Verified, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Kosher, 100% Whole Grain, No Trans Fat, 100% recyclable packaging.

 

Now, here’s a really cool recipe from our New friends at Cabo Chips!

DIY Tortilla Chip Recipe From Cabo Chips

Ingredients:

-Corn flour or Corn masa

-Canola, grapeseed or corn oil. Cabo Chips loves rice bran oil for a healthier alternative.

Combine hot water with the corn flour or masa. Water will vary so start with 1 1/4 cups and add more if necessary.

Use a tortilla press (they can be purchased at a local market) to press the doughy mixture into a thin sheet. You can do it by hand, but we don’t recommend thick tortillas for chips.

Cook the tortillas in a pan or griddle until there are even toast marks Let the tortillas rest for an hour or two Cut the tortillas into your desired shape such as triangles Place a thick coat of oil into a pan and heat.

Drop the cut tortillas into the heated oil of your choice frying them until golden brown on each side Season to taste with salt.

 

Cabo Chips are available in select food chains such as Whole Foods, Vons and others, as well as direct purchase online: http://www.cabochips.com/shop.  I was excited to see them at my local Vons!

For more information, please visit: http://www.cabochips.com/

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this Cinco de Mayo feature. Photo Credit and Recipe: Cabo Chips.

Cinco de Mayo with Rudolph’s Bold and Spicy BBQ Pork Rinds!

Happy Cinco de Mayo! To celebrate, we’re sharing 2 festive dips! The first is a zesty guacamole dip that pairs perfectly with Rudolph’s Bold and Spicy BBQ Pork Rinds. The second is a tomato salsa that brings fresh Spanish flair to any flavor of Rudolph’s Pork Rinds that strike your fancy! See what wonders a bag of crisp, airy pork rinds and a bowl of guacamole or salsa will do to enliven your next gathering! This Cinco de Mayo, make it vibrant. Make it colorful. Make it delicious! To learn more, visit Rudolph Foods online (http://www.rudolphfoods.com), or at most Walmart stores nationwide.  Happy Cinco de Mayo!
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I received samples if the Rudolph’s Pork Rinds and they are deliciously spicy! A real must-have for Cinco de Mayo!
Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Photo Credit: Rudolph Foods.

The Age of Adaline – A Career Best Performance for Blake Lively

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This remarkable film tells a tale of a young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, who is rendered ageless after an accident. After many solitary years, she meets a man who complicates the eternal life she has settled for. Starring Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford and Ellen Burstyn this is one of the best romantic dramas to come along in a while. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Willie J. comments, “But I found myself severely invested in this movie. There were times I completely forgot to jot notes down in my notebook…for there weren’t any.” See his full review below.

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By Willie J, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

 

Age of Adeline

By Willie Jones, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 16

The Age of Adaline was not something I expected to love so much. The idea of tampered aging wasn’t anything new to me and I wasn’t excited to see another modern love story. But I found myself severely invested in this movie. There were times I completely forgot to jot notes down in my notebook…for there weren’t any.  This film is one of the best American romantic dramas to come along in a while.

 

Starring Blake Lively, in a career best performance, The Age of Adaline is a beautiful movie in all aspects. It is Shakespearean in nature. It deals with love in a supernatural context, of which the inexplicable remains unexplained, for its outcome is all that matters to us.

 

The movie is about a woman who develops the ability to never age. The film focuses on her, almost as a metaphorical character study, on how the major events and emotions of her life are stifled and affected by her condition. Her daughter grows older than her. She avoids love for fear of loss. And, she’s always on the move. Attachment is her fear, yet one day, a man comes around and things start to change.

In a wonderful and scene stealing performance, Harrison Ford gives his best and most inspired performance since 42. For some, it may be strange seeing Ford not in his typical action-star tough guy. But, his acting in this film is nonetheless affecting, subtle, and impressive. Alongside him, stealing the show is my beloved Ellen Burstyn. She is simply sublime in everything she does and nothing changes here. She steals every scene she’s in, even getting me to choke up in the final scene, as her ability to pass along emotion with a look of the eyes is an unmatched ability amongst this generation of film actors.

 

I am also impressed with Lee Toland Kreiger’s direction and story-telling ability. He doesn’t fall into any clichés with flashback storytelling in a romantic drama. He doesn’t present us with every explanation in the beginning. Instead, he associates certain memories with the situation presented so that Adaline’s character is presented as the film goes on. As a result, we learn more about her and get to know her better over time.

 

The opening exposition montage is most impressive as well. The voiceover of Hugh Ross provides an objective, controlled, and un-distilled narration of Adaline’s early life and events leading up to the film. He comes in throughout the film as well, providing a nostalgic overtone that comforts us in a way, communicating objectivity so that we understand essential events and plot points.

 

Lastly, and most importantly, this film, like any film, is geared towards a certain audience. Someone who’s into Rambo and Terminator may not like this film as much as someone into The Notebook or Blue Valentine. So if you’re reading this wondering if you’ll like it or not, I tell you the kind of taste for a film like this is unique and not for everyone. And with that, I happily award this film 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 14 to 18. It is playing in theaters now. Enjoy.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions

Avengers: Age of Ultron – Another Monumental Marvel Movie!

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This much-awaited sequel to The Avengers films does not disappoint! The story features Tony Stark trying to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program and things go awry. Earth’s Super Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for a global adventure. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson and more, this star-studded cast delivers. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Keefer B., comments, “There are not enough words in the world to express how happy I am. As a Marvel fan, this film showcases some of my favorite comic book characters together in one plot line in a bigger and better way.” See his full review below.

 

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Reviewed by Keefer B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 14

Another monumental Marvel movie! The Avengers assemble once again go up against  a new corrupt, A.I. Ultron (James Spader). As the troupe pursue their mission, we’re given a deeper understanding of our favorite super heroes.

 

There are not enough words in the world to express how happy I am. As a Marvel fan, this film showcases some of my favorite comic book characters together in one plot line in a bigger and better way. When you are dealing with a sequel, as a filmmaker, you’re pretty much trying to top yourself. Thankfully, the filmmakers have out done themselves here. We’re given a superior conflict, more characters and action beyond epic proportions.

 

I love this movie not only because it’s a phenomenal Marvel film, but also an outstanding film in general. A movie is supposed to grab the audience and transport them to a universe with characters that not only we look up to but also identify with. Marvel has successfully created this reality. Every time I see a Marvel logo on a movie poster I’m excited to be sent back, once again, into their universe.

 

Marvel is a genius entertainment company because they establish their characters in previous films. The Avengers are the protagonist. Every character is given their moment in the lime light but, they are not the main focus. They all share the screen and have their own personal conflict, yet they respond as team. That is not to say that there is no character development, there is. Former story lines help save time so that the writers can focus on perfecting the current story. This also leads to much stronger relationships between the characters.

 

For people who have no history with Marvel films, I suggest that you see some of the previous films that feature the Avengers. The reason is that you may miss a connection with the characters that can be resolved by watching previous films. Although you will enjoy the action and story even without seeing the previous films, the inside jokes and interactions between characters become funnier when you understand the past.

 

The action in this film is awesome! The word awesome is a very primitive word, but it explains everything. While I love to go to the movies and appreciate storytelling and 3 dimensional characters, there are times when I just want to see things go boom! Every Avenger, with his or her different abilities, works together and kicks butt. An example of this is when Thor hits Captain America’s shield and causes a devastating explosion. You have to see it to believe it.

 

My favorite character is, Vision (Paul Bettany) an android created by Ultron. Bettany is originally the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S., Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey, Jr.) A.I. companion. Bettany uses his fantastic voice to create Vision. I was excited when I heard he was going to be a new addition to the Avengers team. Not only is the acting and personality spot on but, the costume design is beautiful.

There are so many scenes that I adore, but my favorite is when the Avengers, “get acquainted” with Vision for the first time. This is the second A.I. the group has encountered and they’re unsure if they can trust him. Vision is uncertain himself and gives a speech on why it doesn’t matter because they all want to stop Ultron. At the end of his speech there is a comedic pay-off that shows which side Vision is truly on.

The moral of the film is, “The way to peace is not destruction.” Ultron is built for one reason – to create peace in our time. Ultron is confused on how to fullfill that mission and believes the only way to achieve his goal is to wipe out the human race and start over. However, Ultron underestimates the soul of man.

 

I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to 11- to 18 year-olds. There is language and intense action that younger kids might not be able to handle. Check out this film in theaters May 1 and remember, a true Marvel fan stays to the end of the credits.

 

Credit: KIDS FIRST! Coming Attractions